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Curfew violators of Thailand’s national curfew, who have been sentenced to maximum prison terms of two years, have received a get-out-of-jail card. As the violators threaten to overwhelm the already overcrowded prison population.

The Thai courts have decided to send 2,276 of them to us, “Vittawan Sunthornkajit, Director-General of the Probation Department, told the Bangkok Post.

He said that some of the wrongdoers, who have committed serious crimes in connection with the violations, have been jailed.

But if they were only involved in trivial illegal acts, the first warning would be given. That meant that their penalties were reduced, but they still needed to be monitored. They ranged from seven days to one month.

Curfew violators arrested during the emergency period have created a new duty for departmental officials. Officials were also told to instil in these people what Mr Vittawan called “samnuek di”—consciousness.

“We sent them to the temples,” he said, one of the social service activities his department hopes this will help awaken them. Above all, to be aware of the negative impacts on the public caused by their rouge behavior.

More than 900 temples served as soup kitchens across the country. On the initiative of the Supreme Patriarch to help the hungry poor. People who bear a heavy brunt during the coronavirus pandemic in particular.

“These wrongdoers will help the monks to feed the villagers affected,” said Mr. Vittawan. “We want them to see how many people are suffering.”

Contributions to society like this will help the wrongdoers to rethink their behaviour, says Vittawan. While they challenged emergency laws, several thousand others were struggling to survive.

The curfew violators, which averaged between 448 and 699 per day, increased by 8.4 per cent after the government of Thailand had allowed certain businesses and activities to be reopened.

Just over a week after 3 May, the number of curfew violator cases prosecuted by officials increased to 7,320.

It may not be a good idea to have all of them jailed, as the country is struggling to deal with prison overcrowding. Putting many of them on probation and building samnuek di in their minds may be the best way, said Mr Vittawan.

SOURCE: Chiang Mai Times

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